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Employment Opportunities

Since its founding in 1985, The Washington Institute has served as a training ground for future policymakers in both Democratic and Republican administrations. During its quarter-century history, an impressive array of talented scholars has been associated with the Institute. They have gone on to join government and help shape American foreign policy in the Middle East. At the same time, upon completion of their public service, some of the best minds from government are attracted to the Institute. This exchange of ideas and people with the executive branch is very much a part of The Washington Institute's effectiveness.

“The Institute has become a reservoir of talent.”

– Secretary of State Warren Christopher

The Institute's prestigious intern and research assistant programs also provide a pathway for college graduates and graduate students to begin the transformation from young scholar to promising analyst and future policymaker. The Institute is proud of its interns and research assistants -- many of whom go on to serve in government and make their own contributions in the policy world.

Current employment opportunities include Soref Fellow, Research Assistant, Research Intern, Development and Communications Associate.

The Washington Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Soref Fellow

The Soref fellowship is a one-year research position with full stipend. The fellowship is designed for individuals who have already earned a master's or doctoral degree in U.S. foreign policy or Middle East studies and plan to pursue a career in government, journalism, research, or academia. Soref fellows conduct independent research and acquire first-hand knowledge of U.S. Middle East policymaking. Scholars are asked to contribute written analyses to the Institute's PeaceWatch/PolicyWatch series, while larger research projects may be published as monographs by The Washington Institute.

Application should include professional biography, references, writing sample of scholarly work (e.g., dissertation chapter), policy-writing sample if available (e.g., op-ed), and research proposal. The latter should not exceed 600 words and should highlight both why the topic is of importance to U.S. policymakers, and why the applicant is well qualified to address the topic.
Interested applicants should send a resume and writing sample to:

Dr. Patrick Clawson, Director of Research
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
1828 L Street NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036

No phone calls please.

Decisions are typically made in late spring. Applications submitted by June 1 are much preferred.

Research Assistant

The Washington Institute offers a number of research assistantships to college graduates with an interest and background in Middle East affairs. Research assistants support senior scholars and visiting research fellows, participate in The Washington Institute's weekly Policy Forum luncheons, and contribute to the daily operations of the office. Some assistants publish their work as part of the Institute's Research Notes series. Candidates with near-native fluency in Arabic, Farsi, or Turkish receive strong consideration. Research assistantships are full-time, year-long paid positions with benefits beginning in June of each year.

This position is designed for applicants who have obtained their bachelor's degree only. Qualified, graduate-level applicants are encouraged to apply for the Soref fellowship. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email (please include the phrase "Research Assistant Application" in the subject line) or by post to:

Eric Trager, RA/Intern Program Coordinator
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
1828 L Street NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036

No phone calls please.

Applications for 2014-2015 Research Assistant positions are due on February 14, 2014.

Research Intern

Full-time and part-time research internships at The Washington Institute are open to current undergraduates as well as recent graduates with a bachelor's degree. Interns provide research and administrative support to Institute staff. Internships are unpaid.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email (please include the phrase "Internship Application" in the subject line) or by post to:

Eric Trager, RA/Intern Program Coordinator
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
1828 L Street NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036

Please include your availability in your cover letter. State whether you are available full time, and when you are available to start. Note that while the Institute prefers applicants who can work full time, we occasionally have room for part-time interns.

No phone calls please.

Application deadlines for internship terms:

  • Fall (September to December): July 11
  • Winter/Spring (January to May): November 1
  • Summer (June to August): April 1

Development and Communications Associate

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy seeks a dynamic individual with a passion for writing, promotion, and current events to join our Communications team, one of the most effective in Washington, D.C., as a development and communications associate. Working in a fast-paced setting, the individual must be organized, poised, pro-active, and detail-oriented.

The associate is an integral contributor to a holistic communications strategy which combines online, print, and earned media to support the Institute’s mission “to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East and to promote the policies that secure them.” Institute staff members -- renowned experts drawn from academia, government, intelligence, and the military -- provide cutting-edge research which is widely circulated among policymakers and cited in the press.


  • Outreach to a sophisticated target audience of donors and prospects through issue-oriented emails, event invitations, Board of Directors reports, and other collateral
  • Assisting with media monitoring, media relations, audio-visual systems, multi-media presentations, development research, policy mailings, conferences and special events
  • Coordination with and support for Institute personnel in Washington, D.C., U.S. regional centers, and abroad
  • Participation in high-level Institute meetings
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Nuanced understanding of U.S. policy toward the Middle East and the ability to communicate about that policy with clarity and sophistication
  • Ability to write compelling material quickly and accurately
  • Familiarity with donor relations, marketing, and public relations
  • Competence with the Microsoft Office
  • Understanding of CMS and HTML is helpful


The Development and Communications Associate will report to the Director of Communications but will work with both the Development and Communications departments.


Full-time employees are offered a generous benefits package that includes health, dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, pre-tax commuting benefits, flexible spending accounts, ample paid time off, and retirement savings program.

To Apply

Submit your cover letter, resume, and writing samples for consideration by September 30, 2014. To apply, please visit

No phone calls, please.